Wendy, Canada

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 11. It was a whirlwind of learning about carbs, insulin, finger pricks and giving injections. I adapted fairly well and had what all the professionals around me considered to be good blood sugars. I was often being told how I had the best control. I think my highest A1c as a child was 7.6%, but they were usually lower than that. As an adult my A1c have always met the target of <7%, so I thought I was doing pretty well! I ate a “healthy” diet following the food guide. What no one knew, and what I assumed was just the way it had to be, was how many highs and lows it took to get that acceptable A1c. It wasn’t abnormal for me to go to bed with a bag of candy on my nightside table knowing that there was a 50% chance I would wake up low and need it. What the doctors didn’t understand was that I couldn’t just decrease my insulin because the rest of the time I was normal at night, so if I did that I would go high. I have been (for good reason) more worried about high sugars. So the roller coaster was constant, even with good overall results. I made career choices based on having type 1 diabetes, knowing that I can’t predict my sugars and that they will always be up and down was a factor in many decisions.

About a year and a half ago I started eating LCHF and within 2 months I was convinced. I still have variability in my sugars but it is MUCH less. My lows were less low and highs were less high. My last A1c was 5.4% (my cholesterol had improved as well!) The amazing thing is that I did it without dangerous low blood sugars! I still have the occasional high but it is rare.

I enjoy eating LCHF, the food is excellent and I feel so much better with normal blood sugars. There is no way I will go back to eating the way I was before. This is easily sustainable for the rest of my life.